The text for the sermon is found in Ruth 2.
Four characteristics of the kindness of God
Two takeaways from this chapter to apply to our lives
That we would see the utterly magnificent and intensely personal kindness of God
1. The context of the story: This story takes place during the time of the judges over Israel (see Judges 2), a low point in the history of Israel during which there was no leadership and the people were turning away from God. Will God be faithful to his promises to Abraham?
2. The bookends of the chapter: A departure takes place due to a famine at the beginning, and a return during the barley harvest takes place at the end. The whole story of the Bible is also a story of departure and return. Mankind departed from God in Genesis 3, and Revelation 21 describes the ultimate return of those who have received the gift of redemption to their God forever. In the middle, we have the story of how God provides a redeemer to make a way of return.
3. The responses of the two main characters: Naomi responds with bitterness to the events. Perhaps her intense preoccupation with her loss prevented her from seeing the bigger picture. Ruth, the outsider, responds with faith. She has become convinced that Yahweh is the one she will remain faithful to all the days of her life.
3 takeaways from Ruth 1
1. Let’s worship God for his desire that all peoples return to relationship with him (1 Peter 3:9).
2. Let’s worship God and thank him for how he continued to move the story of redemption forward.
3. Let’s consider Ruth’s and Naomi’s responses to difficult circumstances of life. May we not be consumed with bitterness but full of faith.
The text for the sermon is found in Luke 24.
Two trails of thought through this story:
(1) The trail of fulfillment
Luke wants us to know that Christ has risen for sure, and he wants us to know that Jesus is the main character of the whole story of the Bible. The angels told the women that Jesus had fulfilled his word that he would die and rise again (verse 6). Jesus told the two on the way to Emmaus that he had fulfilled all that was prophesied about him in the Scriptures (verse 27). Jesus told his disciples that everything written about him in the Law, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled (verse 44).
Luke reveals to us that the Bible is a single story, and all of it is pointing to Jesus.
(2) The trail of response
The women and the disciples responded with surprise, fright, disbelief, and bewilderment (verses 5, 37). We should never cease to be surprised and full of awe at the resurrection of Jesus. However, their response changed from fear to worship (verse 51). Luke would love for us to share in Jesus’s disciples’ certainty in whom they had believed.
The two on the road to Emmaus were first downcast. Then, when Jesus opened the Scriptures to them, they responded with burning hearts (verse 32). What is our heart response to the revelation of Scripture?
The text for the message is found in Luke 22:47-53.
Jesus’s submission to the authorities of darkness has two main characteristics:
The scripture for the sermon is found in Luke 22:24-30.
Three lessons about authority from these verses:
The text from this morning's message: Luke 19:45-20:8
There are three ways in which Jesus moves into the temple with boldness and claims authority in this space that was thought to be under the authority of the Sanhedrin:
(1) Jesus claims authority over the temple by cleansing it of the sellers there. Either Jesus really is sent from God and he’s restoring the temple to be the place of worship of the living God, or he’s an outsider with no actual authority who’s actually wrong in what he’s doing. There’s no middle ground.
(2) Jesus claims authority by taking the place of a teacher: “Every day he was teaching at the temple…. [A]ll the people hung on his words” (Luke 19:47).
(3) Jesus claims authority by comparing himself to John the Baptist and saying that his authority is from heaven just like John’s was.
How can we be encouraging each other to have more confidence in Jesus's authoritative claims, especially in the claim made about him in Acts 4:12: "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved"?
Today's passage can be found in Luke 19:11-27
Two truths from this passage
1. God’s design from the time of creation was that humans should receive delegated authority from God and reign as co-rulers with him on earth (Genesis 1:28, Revelation 5:9-10).
2. The gift of authority comes to us with the responsibility of stewardship, to be used in line with the purposes for which it was given (Exodus 19:5-6).
Three implications from this passage
1. The kingdom of God is reserved for those who honor, accept, and surrender to the kingship of Jesus (John 1:12).
2. In the kingdom of God, there are no passive members or people who only give lip service to Jesus (Matthew 7:24-27).
3. Jesus, the king, calls us to participate in the growth and expansion of his kingdom on earth (Luke 19:16).
A few observations from the text this morning:
1. The fear of man produces hypocrisy. Whose opinion do you value more? Man’s or God’s? Valuing man’s opinion over God is what it means to fear man.
2. The fear of God produces freedom. The person who fears God is freed from the fear of man.
3. The fear of God produces action. The fear of God creates a boldness to proclaim the good news.
Our text is from Luke 9:1-6, 10:1-4, 10:16-20.
Whatever complicated circumstances you might be facing in your world, Luke wants you to know for certain that Jesus has all authority in this world.
Here in these two stories, Jesus delegates his authority to his friends. How should we look at these stories of Jesus passing on his authority to his friends? As isolated incidents in history in that time for those people only? Or as Jesus delegating his authority to all of his followers throughout all time?
This sermon examines those questions.
The text for today's sermon comes from Luke 7:1-10.
How have you been approaching Jesus during these days? Jesus has all power in his hands. He can change any situation with a single word. We, too, are invited to seek Jesus during this time of crisis with two attitudes to remember: (1) with great expectation and faith; (2) with humility and submission to his sovereign will.